Graduation day, a new job, your wedding day, trying to find that special someone – why do you want a more confident smile? You know a great smile can make a difference, not only personally, but professionally too. If you're ready to smile with confidence then Lingual Hidden Braces are for you. They are:
- Braces hidden behind your teeth
- 100 percent customized for you
- Effective in fixing any smile
Throughout treatment, people will see you, not a mouth full of plastic or metal.
- Lingual Hidden Braces are completely invisible so you can confidently smile through every event that life has to offer – from special occasions to everyday joy.
- Lingual Braces are always on and always working toward your perfect smile. Unlike clear aligners, you'll never have to worry about remembering to insert or remove them while eating and drinking.
- They are customized with intelligent wires and brackets engineered to deliver the targeted results your smile deserves. No matter where your teeth start, they'll end up beautifully straight.
- Lingual Braces fit your lifestyle and perfectly conform to your teeth, optimizing comfort and efficiency.
The entire process takes roughly 45 minutes. The installation takes about 30 minutes and then another 15 minutes to talk about wear and care.
The treatment time is the same as with any other type of braces. Typically, it ranges anywhere from six to 24 months depending on each case.
This is where regular braces and lingual braces are similar! You can expect to have tender teeth for a few days (usually a seven to 10 day period) after the lingual braces are initially installed. This is a normal symptom while your teeth adjust to the new pressure, no matter how light the pressure is.
Teeth respond to the pressure-tension by getting tender if you squeeze the teeth together when biting. It’s similar to when you work out for the first time (after a long break) and wake up the next day feeling stiff. You know you don’t need aspirin, but you’re aware of the discomfort as it diminishes and passes after a few days. The same applies to lingual braces.
You will need to visit Dr. Kharma every four to eight weeks.
While it’s very rare, occasionally teeth that are too small are not a candidate for lingual braces. Generally speaking, however, most cases are treatable with lingual braces.
Yes and no. The inside of the mouth is a naturally cleaner area due to the natural scrubbing action of the tongue and increased saliva flow on the inner surface of the teeth. However, because lingual braces are “invisible”, people often ignore or skip brushing because they can’t see anything on their teeth. In other respects lingual braces are as much a food trap as an outside brace and deserve the same kind of cleaning care and attention as a traditional brace. Electric toothbrushes and water picks are the weapons of choice.
Yes, we get the same outcomes between the two treatments. Lingual braces are more effective for some cases and less than others.. Both treatments are essentially doing the same thing: moving your teeth. The teeth don’t care whether you put the ‘luggage’ handle on the outside or the inside. As long as you can get a firm grip of the tooth, it will behave and move where placed.
Yes! Lingual braces are the ideal choice for people who play contact sports (karate, rugby etc.) or for musicians (small reed or brass instrument mouth pieces are a challenge when pressed against traditional outside braces). Mouth guards are still required but laceration to the lips and cheeks are rare with lingual braces and sports.
Many patients will initially experience some awkwardness with speech. During the first few days, patients find themselves having to be more deliberate with their speech and even tripping over words later in the day, as their mouths become dry and tired. This usually lasts for one to two weeks for the patients to get used to speaking. This accommodation is much easier for younger patients. I have not had anyone ask to have their braces changed because of speech.
Since we want the lingual experience to be positive from the start, we generally add only one set of lingual braces when we commence treatment. This allows the patients to ease into their appliances and improves comfort and accommodation.
Generally not. Most people do not display their lingual braces when eating or talking. If you want to show off your new lingual braces you will have to bring a dental mirror to the next cocktail party!